Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Luxury Candles


As most of you know – if you follow me on Instagram – I have a bit of an obsession with candles. Not only are they great visual centerpieces for a table or on a shelf, but they also leave your rooms smelling fresh and clean! Plus, even if they don’t give off heat they give the illusion of warmth, which is nice especially during the cold winter season. And, now that the holidays are fast approaching, a candle can be a small (yet perfect) gift for someone on your list. Here are a few (OK, more than a few, but I couldn’t help myself) of my favorite luxury candle brands.



Diptyque These were the first luxury candles I ever bought and they are still one of my favorites! I’ve even written an entire post on why I love them so much. You can check it out HERE.

Byredo Which is actually the sister company of Diptyque, hence why I was already IN LOVE before I smelt anything. If you’ve ever been to one of their counters you will know how AMAZING their perfume is (I have a couple of them on my Christmas wish list!). Their candles are just as beautifully scented. I also really like how simple, yet elegant their black and white packaging is too.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Favourite Coffee Table Books


I love coffee table books; I’ve been collecting them for a while now. I think they always look so chic in homes on a coffee table or shelf. I also like giving them as gifts and I’m of course always happy to receive one! Now that the holidays are fast approaching I thought I’d share some of my favourite coffee table books that may be the perfect gift for someone on your list or even a little something for yourself. Links below 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

5 Faves


I like most girls am a beauty product junkie. I love trying out new products and learning about what others like. So in turn I love sharing what I like in hopes to help out another girl (or boy) : )


Here are 5 recent products I’ve been loving and hopefully you will too!

Friday, September 23, 2016

My Weekend at The Northridge Inn

I recently visited The Northridge Inn over the Labour Day weekend. This eclectically designed boutique resort is located in a town called Strong, just 30mins from Huntsville, ON in the Muskoka area.
Awarded one of the Top 25 Boutique Hotels in Canada by Trip Advisor, it really is the perfect getaway. With a total of 27 accommodations, including: 20 Lodges, 4 Lakeside Chalets and 3 Luxury Tents (that's what we stayed in) it has venue options for anyone’s needs!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Visiting the New TASTE MRKT at STC



I recently had the pleasure of visiting the newly renovated food court at Scarborough Town Centre (STC),known as TASTE MRKT (#TASTEMRKT).
The new bright and white interior of the TASTE MRKT is a beautiful upgrade and a relaxing place to have a coffee or bite to eat and recharge before heading back into the mall for more shopping!
On August 11th, STC unveiled Phase 1 of its renovation, offering over 20 food vendors 8 of which are new to STC.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dolorous Jewelry S/S 16

Feature in the Curated Life Mag

I was recently featured in the Curated Life Magazine talking about some of my favourite go to products.
To download the full magazine visit the curatedlife.ca  


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pepper B. Giveaway!

Danni of Pepper B. and I got together to do a fun GIVEAWAY!
We’re giving away 2 Pepper B. makeup bags on our Instagram accounts.
Have you entered?


Meet Danni of Pepper B.

Danni Simmen owner of Pepper B. is obsessed with pattern and it’s safe to say she always has been. She believes that a good dose of pattern can make any space feel more special and complete. She studied textile design in Canada and England, and then designed for the home decor industry for many years before creating Pepper B. in 2015 to spread the love of pattern!
Pepper B. is a collection of textiles and home goods offering a happy and chic assortment of fabrics, throw pillows and accessories. They are all meant to be mixed and matched across the entire collection. Their fabrics are printed in Canada, and their pillows and accessories are all hand sewn and made to order in Toronto.
Danni and I got together to do a fun giveaway that’s happening on our Instagram accounts right now, (be sure to enter!) Hint it’s 2 Pepper B. makeup bags!

We also did a little Q&A

Friday, June 3, 2016

IDS16

I visited IDS (The Interior Design Show) back in January (sorry it’s taken me so long to post these pics!)

I always like going to get inspired and see what’s new.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

TEXAS PART 3 - AUSTIN

The final stop on our Texas road trip was Austin! We didn't spend as much time there as we did in San Antonio and Marfa, but of course we had to see the capital of Texas and managed to hit up some fun spots!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Texas Part 2 - MARFA

Marfa, Texas is a city literally in the middle of the desert in far West Texas. The only way to get there is to drive and it's a 6.5 hour drive from Austin. It’s a small city with less than 2000 people!
You may have heard of Marfa before thanks to Prada Marfa! I kind of think this art installation put them on the map - yes, it's an art installation not an actually Prada store!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Texas Part 1 - San Antonio

I recently visited Texas with my sister Erin. We've both wanted to go to Texas for some time now. I love traveling in the US, there are just so many different and unique places to visit and Texas was just that!
We visited three places while we were there, San Antonio, Marfa (yes it was AMAZING!) and Austin.

So for Part 1 - San Antonio!

San Antonio though considered a major city and according to Wikipedia is the seventh most populated city in the US, to me the hub of the city felt more like a quaint town. I liked how easy it was to get around and we were able to see what we wanted without being overwhelmed.

7 Faves in San Antonio

1. We stayed in an Airstream in someone’s backyard! It may sound a bit weird but it was a lot of fun and we figured why not, we've stayed in many hotels over the years, why not switch it up! Actually, in San Antonio and Austin it's very popular to have a trailer or airstream in your backyard that you rent on AirBNB. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Inspiring people: TREADRIGHT Ambassador Celine Cousteau


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Celine Cousteau at a dinner party held by The Travel Company and the TreadRight Foundation.
I instantly knew I liked Celine, she had a beautiful energy about her.  She is a great storyteller, telling stories about her travels and giving back, which I found very inspiring.  Celine has travelled all over the world and has worked with Contiki Holidays for many years. As most of you know traveling is a big passion of mine and I have been on many Contiki tours over the years.
Celine is the Founder and Executive Director of Cause Centric Productions; a non-profit organization that creates cause focused multi-media content. She is also now the ambassador for the TreadRight Foundation. TreadRight is a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation. All travel brands under The Travel Corporation Group (Contiki being one of them) give financial support to TreadRight, which in turn supports sustainable tourism projects around the world.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Diptyque Candles

As most of you know if you follow me on Instagram, I love candles and Diptyque candles are definitely my faves. I get asked a lot on Instagram what ones I own and what ones I recommend. So I thought it was time I did a post, not only to talk about what my favorite scents are but why I love them so much!
Diptyque first opened its doors in Paris on 34 boulevard Saint-Germain in 1961. It was started by three friends, all with backgrounds in décor and fine arts. Diptyque perfumes, candles and home fragrances are now sold around the world in many department stores and shops, including many flagship boutiques throughout Europe and the US. I wish they would open one here in Toronto! 
Besides loving so many of the different candle scents Diptyque offers, I must admit I was first drawn to the black and white label and package design. I know I have mentioned this in a couple of my instagram posts, but for those of you that don't know I took a package design course along with a font design course in College. I have always been a sucker for beautiful labels, fonts and packaging especially in black and white, the simpler the better.

If you are in Canada or the US, Saks, Holt Renfrew and Neiman Marcus all carry Diptyque. If you don’t live in Canada or the US Click HERE to find a location that carries Diptyque.

I suggest going in and smelling all the scenes yourself so you can get a real feel for the line and pick scents that you love and feel go well together. Most of the candles burn really well together and bring out the fragrances of each other. 
But of course if you just want to order online and trust my tastes I would highly recommend getting the Set of Mini Candles with Baies, Figuier and Roses. It is a great set for a new collector (also makes for a great gift!) they are probably the 3 most popular scents and they are 3 of my faves especially Figuier! I also own the Figuier room spray.  

Other scents I recommend are Jasmin, Tubéreuse, Mimosa - it’s seriously AMAZING - and Geranium Rose, all floral scenes. I have always navigated towards fresh floral fragrances in both my candles and perfumes. My two favorite flowers are Lilly of the Valley and Lotus, which I first smelled when I was in Egypt as the Lotus is their national flower. If you have not smelled it before I highly recommend it!

Other great Diptyque candles are Patchouli, Ambre and Feu de Bois. I also recently got Oud as a gift and though it’s not a scent I would usually choose it’s growing on me, it’s very woody.
Last but not least my final Diptyque candle recommendation is from the 34 Collection and it is called 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. It was created to celebrate their 50th anniversary and encapsulates the scent of their first boutique. It is seriously a beautiful scent both floral and woody to me. It also comes in a beautiful white oval-shaped porcelain jar which I think would look amazing in any home on your coffee table, side table or mantel. It makes for a great gift for yourself or someone else!

I really do hope you liked this post and for those of you who have asked me about my favorite Diptyque candles and what ones I own, I hope this has answered all your questions. For those of you that are new to Diptyque and were curious I also hope this post has helped and maybe you might check them out!

I now think Diptyque should hire me! Haha

Thank you all so much for reading!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Road Trip USA!

Now that we're in the thick of winter...though I can't complain our winter has not been too bad. I'm sure many of you (like me) are thinking about warmer destinations or even starting to plan your summer vacations.
 
As you may know by now (if you follow me on Instagram) I have a bit of a travel bug and I'm constantly planning my next travel adventure! Growing up my family and I went on a ton of road trips throughout the USA and Canada, so I’ve developed a particular fondness for them over the years.  
So last July one of my oldest friends, Courtney and I decided that we were in need of another journey! We both hadn’t been on a road trip in a while, so we decided that we would pick a destination somewhere in the Southern states so that we could stop at various cities along the way. But, where to go?!?! As both of us grew up with Disney movies and are huge fans, we thought why not Disney World in Orlando, Florida!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Favourite Print Artists'


I LOVE art prints and have been collecting them for years now. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen many photos I’ve posted of my gallery wall, in which I am constantly changing around and adding too! 
Originally when I first decided that I wanted to create my own gallery wall, I found a lot of prints on Etsy.

I found it very useful (and still do) because you can search for specific imagery, artists or themes that you are interested in rather than having to scroll through thousands of miscellaneous prints. Over the years I’ve also found some print artists’ through Instagram and blogs. I’m often asked where I find my prints, so I thought I would share some of my favourite print artists’ with you.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Something New

Now that it is the New Year, (Happy New Year to you all!) I like to give myself new goals and try new things, so I’ve decided to incorporate a new topic on my blog – my style! I’ve always LOVED checking out fellow bloggers outfit photos and posts on their Instagram feeds and blogs and thought why not try it myself.
My style tends to be more on the casual side, as I like to dress comfortably and like to be able to mix, match and layer my clothes!
I find that accessories bring my outfits together and they tend to be the main focus.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This is Glamorous

   20 of my photos were featured on This is Glamorous!
I was so excited when I found out :)
To check out all 20 click HERE